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Empire (In Her Name: Redemption #1)

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In the first book of an epic futuristic fantasy trilogy, this is the coming-of-age story of Reza Gard, a young boy of the Human Confederation who is swept up in the century-long war with the alien Kreelan Empire. Nightmarish female warriors with blue skin, fangs, and razor sharp talons, the Kreelans have technology that is millennia beyond that of the Confederation, yet th ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published March 23rd 2009 by Createspace
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Henry
Oct 07, 2012 Henry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Let me preface this first with the warning this may be edited in the next few days before I post a review on Amazon.com; I want to get this right.
Second, let me say that I normally prefer to review a book after I've read it a second time as I find I'm normally unable to think critically about a book after only one reading. However, Mr. Hicks seems like a good guy and since he asks his followers to please review his books and offers this one for free I felt obliged to give it some thought.

The boo
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Teri
Jul 01, 2011 Teri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2011
I wish I could give 1/2 stars, because this is a solid 3 1/2 star book. I actually got it as a free download for my Kindle (it's still free on Amazon at the the moment, by the way) and read it as it was highly recommended. I will say that it's one of the best free reads I've encountered. It isn't a bad book actually, but the first 1/3 is, well, veeerrry sloooow, so minus 1 star for that. If you're thinking of reading it, stick around for at least 50 pages after he gets off Hallmark, it gets bett ...more
Kogiopsis
nope. 19% and I'm saving myself the headache and quitting now. This book is the CakeWrecks version of Warchild and as I have already read the better story, I don't feel like continuing. However, for those considering this book, the first 19% has the following:
- a boy whose parents get heroically killed but who himself is inexplicably spared by the aliens
- said boy saving an (older) girl from attempted rape
- the rapist trying again later (in great detail both times)
- it turns out the boy is the o
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Lady Jessica
Mar 26, 2012 Lady Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This book actually gave me the adventure I was looking for. More than that, it held my attention. A pleasant and timely surprise after a recent run of bad science fiction reads. However, it does have downsides.

The book starts out slow. There's plenty of action first thing but none of it fits together in a way that pulls the reader into a greater story. Combined with unnerving switchbacks in point of view and no real sense of a main character, it's no surprise that I almost stopped reading withou
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Lee Gunter
Jul 28, 2012 Lee Gunter rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
This was a really good story, actually. I recommend trying an unknown author now and then to anyone who truly loves to read. At one point i started trying to make a list of the borrowed elements I found included in the book. They included Romeo & Juliet, Ender's Game, Enemy Mine, Avatar, John Carter of Mars, Les Miserable, Messianic prophesies, King David and even passing elements of eroticism. And I'm sure I've forgotten some as well.

So, as I said, the story was good, the writing was most o
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Richard
What this story is and what it's not

Let's be clear: I liked this story. I read the free edition of the first book and the bought the omnibus edition, which includes the next two books. I wish I could give this one 3.5 stars because I see promise - but need a little more. Let's also be clear: there's no science fiction here - at least no more than Star Wars or the John Carter stories. The setting happens to be in the far future, on different planets, and involving a race of humanoid aliens. Scien
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Daniel Swensen
Aug 22, 2012 Daniel Swensen rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, space-opera
So on one hand, this book covers some pretty well-tread science fiction ground. Young boy is orphaned (twice), captured by aliens, learns about their culture, then becomes better at being an alien than any of the other aliens. Sound familiar? Oh, and they're all tall, blue, and have fangs, and are a primitive warrior race (only not really). If it weren't for the publication dates, I might have been suspicious. There's also a prophecy about a super-special chosen one, and a star-crossed alien lov ...more
Lisa Yarde
Sep 10, 2011 Lisa Yarde rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
In the distant future, Reza Gard, an orphan of a horrific war with ruthless aliens, finds the courage to survive against desperate odds. In doing so, he learns as much about his enemy, the Kreelans, as he does about inner strength. Through trying circumstances, physical and mental stresses and the bitter loss of all he has ever known and loved, Reza grows from a child to a man. As his understanding and abilities grow under the tutelage of the Kreelans who have captured him, he seems poised for a ...more
Dewanna L. Durbin
May 21, 2012 Dewanna L. Durbin rated it it was amazing
I have found my new Sci-fi author! If you enjoy books like "Star Wars", "Dune", or Anne McCaffrey's "Dragons of Pern" series, then you will absolutely LOVE Michael Hicks' "In Her Name - Empire".

I was immediately sucked in from the first sentence and didn't want to put the book down to go to sleep. Needless, to say, I was sad to reach the end of the book and have to surface to reality once more.

The action/fight scenes are realist and believable. The plot did not drag or lose focus. I can usuall
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Deborah Hughes
Nov 28, 2011 Deborah Hughes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read from the sci-fi genre since Star Wars first came out and I'm not sure what led me to this one, but I downloaded it onto my kindle and gave it a try. I was hooked from the first page and couldn't put the thing down! Morning sure comes early when you've been awake most of the night reading. Normally I don't like books that have anything to do with war (the alien Kreelans are at war with the human race) and yet this book captured my imagination, flung me into a world that became quit ...more
Douglas Bittinger
Sep 05, 2011 Douglas Bittinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In progress:

The story starts out with a futuristic society as war with alien invaders - always a popular theme. It follows one young man to another world, and another society. Still good science. When he ends up on yet another world living among a people who live like primitives and live for warfare with swords, the story veers close enough to becoming fantasy that I was becoming concerned. However, this story is one of the few that, though written in a fantasy style, I continue to enjoy. And I
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Alastair Rosie
Sep 02, 2012 Alastair Rosie rated it really liked it
Having just finished this book I can honestly say that it's well worth a second read just to absorb yourself in the world Hicks has created. It's part Gladiator, part Dances With Wolves but it is space opera and it's perhaps unfortunate that Avatar had blue skinned aliens too but I think Hicks' blue skinned Amazonian aliens are way cooler and much more exciting.
It starts with the main character Reza being orphaned and meeting the Kreelan high priestess. He marks her with a knife and she respond
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J.L. Dobias
Feb 13, 2013 J.L. Dobias rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-shelf-10
Empire(In Her Name:Redemption) by Michael Hicks

I received this book free and what a bargain. This book reminded me of C.J. Cherryh's Faded Sun series. Mix that with James Clavell's Shogun (I have only seen the mini series- not read book). And an eerie shades of William Golding's Lord of the Flies.

We first meet Reza as a seven year old whose parents are fighting a deadly battle against the Kreelan's. The safe place where he had been was under attack and he came looking for his parents. He arriv
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Tricia Skinner
Nov 23, 2014 Tricia Skinner rated it it was amazing
I gave this book a chance and am left mind blown. To say this story is epic is an understatement. Reza's tale begins with the gripping battle his parents fight to defend their overrun city. At only seven, he sees more than any child should of brutality and loss. He also faces the enemy with a bravery that is uncommon in adults. We are taken through periods of his life and each grips you in a new way. Everything he experiences is vivid and thus you cannot help but continue reading. The decisions ...more
Victoria
Mar 27, 2014 Victoria rated it liked it
I downloaded this book, "Empire: In Her Name" free from BookBub. With free e-books, you take your chances on getting a good book. This was surprisingly well-written. A cross between Star Wars and Avatar, the action starts on a dystopian planet of humans that is invaded by the Kreelans. When Reza is taken as "spoils of war" to the planet of the Kreelans, he must learn their ways in order to survive. The end was totally unexpected. The book is part of a trilogy that I can't wait to finish. Excitin ...more
Terri Pray
Apr 16, 2012 Terri Pray rated it really liked it
Fantastic world building, great characters, and a compelling story. I wasn't sure, going into reading this one, how I would enjoy it and honestly, I'm hooked.


The relationship between Reza and Esha isn't one you expect, especially seeing as her people see humanity as nothing more than soulless animals. The slow change of that viewpoint is one that Reza earns. It's not given to him, it's not easy and not quick at all.

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy, which I already have lo
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Kevin Sullivan
Dec 14, 2015 Kevin Sullivan rated it did not like it
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Tony Minichini
Jul 11, 2015 Tony Minichini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Review of Reviews

I enjoyed this book. The story moved along at a good clip, the characters were interesting if a bit derivative (e.g. "Stranger in a Strange Land") and the writing was easy. Mr. Hicks has obviously read a lot of scifi and much of the devices of the great works have crept into his story. I'm a bit perplexed at the venom of some of the low-rating reviews especially from people shocked by a bit of sex. Admittedly, that was an element absent from most classical scifi e.g. "Childhoo
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Wycliffe Kutexa
Jun 11, 2015 Wycliffe Kutexa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ook.. On this one, all i can say.. Thanx 4 the amazing storyline.. N unbroken scenery..
Cameluta
This book is amazing, a definitely five star book.

This is the first book in the "In Her name" series. Most of the action of this book takes place in the Kreela Empire which is beautifully and very realistically described. The story is very well written and it keeps you captivated all the time. There is a lot of action/plots in the book, but also it is touching and emotional. What I really liked about "Empire", is that you don't know where the story takes you, and what to expect on the next page.
Lisa Autry
Nov 25, 2015 Lisa Autry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent

This is a well told story of the makings of a warrior.I could hardly wait for the next turn of events as the pages turned. I loved this book and highly recommend it. Its a joy to read.
Jean Marie
Nov 09, 2014 Jean Marie rated it liked it
This is one of those books that left me not at all sure what to think. It seemed like the author started the book with one plot theme in mind and ended it with another. While it is meant to be a part of a series, and therefore we are to expect plot threads to be left hanging, there is an early one that seemed all but abandoned. And the second half of the book seemed not to fit with the first.

Good things: the book features a lot of strong female characters, although, of courrse, the main characte
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Solitaire Parke
Jun 18, 2012 Solitaire Parke rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys science fiction
Recommended to Solitaire by: Michael R. Hicks
Shelves: favorites
In Her Name: Empire by Michael R. Hicks was a real treat! I gobbled it up in two sittings and read until my eyes hurt. I was captured by the story within the first three pages and felt the struggle of the Protagonist as if it was my own. When I got to the end, I discovered I was angry. Angry that I hadn't purchased the next two books! It doesn't take rocket science to know what I'm going to read next. Great work Mr Hicks!!
Jimmy C Saunders
A real page turner!

I just couldn't put it down. It grabbed me from the first chapter and kept me glued to it till I finally finished it.
Rich
Not really a Sci-fi novel as much as it was a swords and sorcery with chicks in chain mail novel set on a distant planet. Nothing really groundbreaking. Boy loses parents, boy protects others in an corrupt orphanage, boy gets hijacked out of the orphanage by the very alien who killed his parents, boy adopts alien culture and wins admiration of aliens, boy meets alien girl, etc. There was even a character to whom the author gave the speech patterns of Yoda, which I found mildly irritating.

All sou
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Cass
Jan 09, 2012 Cass rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

The Kreelan story was incredibly interesting and Reza made for an entertaining lead. I bought into the characters and the way of life.

It wasn't a really memorable story so I will keep the review brief. I did read the sequels which really where not as good.
Peggy Bechko
Excellent read right up to the end after a slightly slow start. Wonderful action/adventure SciFi/Fantasy tale of the clash of cultures - human and alien. Exciting, engaging and makes me want to read more. And so I shall since there is a sequel scheduled. Read this on my new Kindle Fire and loved it.
David Donaghe
Feb 28, 2012 David Donaghe rated it it was amazing
I'm not really the Sword and Sorcery type of guy, but when you throw in spaces ships, a galactic war mixing it up with hard science fiction, I'll come along for the ride. I really enjoyed, In her name: empire. I think I'll read the next two books in the trilogy. I highly recommend this book.
Julie
Jun 10, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
I have read one other book that would be before this series that is by the same author. The general idea was that human explorers come across an advanced race that fights for glory. It is part of their DNA. They have advanced weapons and ships but they usually use something comparable to whatever their opponents have to make it a better fight and bring more glory to the Empire. This book deals with a young boy, orphaned by the Kreelans who is later taken by the fighters to their home planet in a ...more
Toby
Jan 03, 2014 Toby rated it liked it
This is a review of In Her Name, Empire by Michael H. Hicks. I first saw this on my kindle, and because I could borrow this book for free and that it had fairly good reviews, I picked it. I did not read the description in detail, and I was expecting a more war oriented book where the humans struggle against the aliens in many battles, and die or succeed. I also anticipated amazing futuristic technologies that hold some realism. It was more a romance and coming of age story then my expectation.
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